This list contains several 'fallen giants' to resurrect in Football Manager 2021.
Football has a wide and long history and sometimes clubs fade away while others move up the ladder and turn into new super powers. On this list you will find several club suggestions in the category Fallen Giant. These clubs used to be considered as leading clubs in their countries and have won one or more titles over the years.
These days they have dropped down the ladder and they have lost their status as big or leading club and are dying for a manager to lead them back to the top! Are you the one?
FM21 Fallen giants
- clubs (6)
Cruzeiro - Brazil
This club is one of the big teams in Brazil and is nearing it's hundredth birthday soon. They have won 4 league titles, 6 cups, 38 state championships and 2 Copa Libertadores trophies. A truly great club in Brazil, up until 2019. In that season they relegated to the Serie B for the first time ever in the club's history. Can you bring them back to glory?
Sunderland - England
Does this club need any introduction? The Black Cats used to be a decent Premier League club and have now fallen down the table to the League One. In FM19 and FM20 they were one of the most used clubs of Football Manager, also because of the documentary on Netflix. In FM21 they are still in the League One, making Sunderland a long-term save candidate.
Saint-Etienne - France
The Green club from France is known for being the club that has won the most Ligue 1 titles (though Olympique Marseille joined them after their title in 2010). They are still one title ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, the current dominant force in French football. Les Verts are a cool club to play with as they are considered as a mid-table to lower-table club and need some development before they will be able to challenge for the title. Their last title was won in 1981, so it's time again for them to win something!
FC Kaiserslautern - Germany
They are one of the oldest clubs in Germany as they celebrated their 120th birthday in 2020. The club has won four league titles in their history, the last being in 1998. This title was one of the most special titles in the world of football as Kaiserlautern won back-to-back championships in both the 2.Bundesliga and 1.Bundesliga in 1997 and 1998. A accomplishment not completed by many clubs around the world! These days they play in the 3.Liga, Germany's third tier. If you are looking for a long-term building save, Kaiserslautern could be a good choice for you!
Vasas SC - Hungary
Shortly after the second World War, Hungarian football was one of the big powers in European football. The national team had some of the world's best ever players with Ferenc Puskas, Sandor Kocsis and László Kubala. During the fifties and sixties Vasas SC was the dominating club in Hungary, winning 6 league titles, 4 cups and 6 Mitropa Cups (one of the earlier European Cups for countries from South of Europe). Vasas is currently in the Hungarian second league and could be challenging for promotion. This club could be the ideal club for you if you decide to start a save outside of the top competitions.
Deportivo la Coruna - Spain
Final club on the list are former Spanish champions Deportivo la Coruna. At the start of this millenium they were the club that could challenge the big teams in Spain. With players like Roy Makaay, Djalminha and Juan Sebastian Valeron they had a real super team. They impressed in both the Spanish LaLiga as the Champions League. How different is their current situation. After their relegation to the Segunda Division in 2019, they even fell towards the third tier in 2019. The club is in financial trouble and will have a real challenge ahead of them in the 2020-21 season. This club might be interesting for the older Football Manager players or those in search of a long-term save!